Mature man holding dismantled phone

Concerns raised over wiretap bill

BY: - August 20, 2021

Elected officials scrutinized a bill that would affect the use of certain wiretapping methods by law enforcement during a public hearing on Aug. 18. The sponsors of the bill, which specifically covers so-called pen register and trap/trace devices, argued that it simply brings Wisconsin up to speed with existing federal law. However, two members of […]

Protesters confronting riot-clad officers who are blocking the freeway on the first day. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Data protection from police takes hit in Supreme Court

BY: - July 2, 2021

A recent Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling will have implications for how police are able to use and share people’s cell phone data. The case revolved around a man whose cell phone data had been downloaded by the Green Bay Police Department. The man, George Burch, gave police consent to look at text messages on his […]

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Police wiretap bill introduced by Republican senator

BY: - June 8, 2021

Pen register and trap/trace devices, which intercept phone numbers dialed on outgoing and incoming telephone calls, have long been basic tools in the surveillance tool-kit of law enforcement. Acting as a sort of wiretap, the technologies have evolved significantly over the decades, as have the devices they target. Sen. Andre Jacque (R-DePere) said this evolution […]

Police block a road during the October Wauwatosa curfew, after having just shot rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters and their cars. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

When police data extraction meets Black Lives Matter protests

BY: - December 8, 2020

“It was shocking really,” Attorney Lee Schuchart told Wisconsin Examiner, as he recalled grappling with the implications of how police had extracted data from his client’s cell phone, saved it for two months after closing their investigation, and then passed it off to another agency. “It was chilling, it was mind-blowing. I don’t think anybody […]


The scourge of privacy

BY: - July 24, 2019

I like privacy as much as the next person. I don’t want anybody tapping my phone or peeking through my windows. I’m even irked that whenever I go online to shop for, say, chainsaws or hiking boots, every other web site I go to afterward reminds me of my interest in these products. But as […]